Components

Skip link

Use the skip link component to help keyboard-only users skip to the main content on a page.

When to use this component

All GOV.UK pages must include a skip link. Usually, you should place the skip link immediately after the opening <body> tag. However, if you’re using a cookie banner, place the skip link immediately after the cookie banner.

Some automated accessibility testing tools may warn that the skip link element is not inside a landmark. This warning does not apply to skip links, so you can ignore it. Do not wrap the skip link in a <nav> region, or move it inside the header.

How it works

Some people use the tab key on their keyboard to navigate through the links and form elements on a web page.

Including the skip link component gives users the option to bypass the top-level navigation links and jump to the main content on a page.

The skip link component is visually hidden until a keyboard press activates it.

There are 2 ways to use the skip link component. You can use HTML or, if you are using Nunjucks or the GOV.UK Prototype Kit, you can use the Nunjucks macro.

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